Discharge Instructions for Cancer of the Gallbladder

Discharge Instructions for Cancer of the Gallbladder

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Discharge Instructions for Cancer of the Gallbladder

You have been diagnosed with cancer of the gallbladder, which is the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells in the gallbladder. Treatment for cancer of the gallbladder is surgery. This sheet will help you remember how to care for yourself after surgery.


  • Don’t worry if you feel tired for the first couple of weeks after your operation. This is normal. Get plenty of rest, and take a nap when you feel tired.

  • Walk around the house, do office work, climb stairs, or ride in a car if you feel able to.

  • Avoid strenuous physical activities, heavy lifting (nothing heavier than 10 pounds), and playing sports for 4 weeks after surgery.

  • Don’t drive for the first week after surgery. Don’t drive if you are still taking opioid pain medication.

Other home care

  • Resume eating. Your doctor may recommend a low-fat diet. Ask your doctor for menus and other diet information.

  • Every day, gently wash the skin around your incision. Use mild soap and water.

  • If there is a gauze dressing on your incision, change it daily and keep it dry and clean.

  • You may take a shower (even if there is a drain in place), unless your doctor gives you different directions.

  • Don’t sit in a bathtub or a hot tub until your incision is closed and any drains are removed.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by your health care provider.


When to call your doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Yellowing of your skin or eyes (jaundice)

  • Fever above 100°F (37.7°C) or shaking chills

  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, pus, or a bad smell at the incision site

  • Dark or rust-colored urine

  • Stool that is clay-colored or light in color instead of brown